Is there any difference between ordering from AT&T and Apple directly?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Kendo, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    I noticed a lot of folks ordering from their carrier's website, like AT&T. Is there any difference at all between ordering from them and from Apple directly?
     
  2. Deamos macrumors member

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    I always prefer to order from Apple directly. Apple asks for information to verify eligibility from AT&T during the ordering process. I would assume that there is no real major difference.
     
  3. edk99 macrumors 6502a

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    No difference at all. Ordered mine from ATT a few hours ago with no problems. 5 minute process.
     
  4. Kendo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I noticed AT&T includes an upgrade fee of $18 while Apple doesn't. Why do they do that?
     
  5. naples09 macrumors member

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    Because they want to make more money from their customers.
     
  6. Kendo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    You think if I buy it from Apple, AT&T will charge the fee anyway when I activate it?
     
  7. bmms8 macrumors 68020

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    yes. its the same either way.
     
  8. blarivee macrumors 6502

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    The $18 dollar fee will show up in your bill irrespective of who you order from. In the end it's AT&T that is billing you not Apple.
     
  9. sydia21 macrumors regular

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    No restocking fee from Apple. AT&T charges to restock if you have second thoughts...
     
  10. HiDEF macrumors 68000

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    I believe Apple charges a restocking fee ONLY if you want to return the phone for full refund. If it's an exchange, Apple won't charge a restocking fee
     
  11. Weaselboy Moderator

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    If you buy from Apple.com the $18 will show up on your next AT&T bill.
     
  12. rkahl macrumors 65816

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    Yes there is a difference. Apple controls the supply, so Apple always comes first. If you don't believe me. Read about Radio Shack and AT&T when "promised" deliveries weren't actually met.
     
  13. iAAPL macrumors regular

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    When ordering from Apple, you always face the possibility of getting your iPhone a day before it comes out. That's happened to me twice now.
     

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